What Is ICAP?
The International Center for Assault Prevention, known as ICAP, is a 37 year old international prevention program with its central headquarters located at the Camden County College in Blackwood, New Jersey. ICAP works with local people who desire to advocate and protect children by starting a CAP project in their town. Individuals or agencies contact ICAP to arrange project setup trainings.
Since its inception in 1978, ICAP has trained over 10 million children, parents and teachers to prevent peer assault, stranger abduction and known adult assault. CAP seeks to integrate the best resources of a community in an effort to reduce a child or young person’s vulnerability to verbal, physical and sexual assault. CAP projects work closely with the local school districts, parent/teacher associations and home school groups, and other community groups. All CAP curricula have a threefold educational approach to prevention which includes trainings in the following areas: Staff In service, Parent Program and Individual Classroom Workshops for children and teens. Type of CAP Programs.
“All Children Deserve to be Safe, Strong and Free”
All ICAP curriculum is based on an empowerment philosophy which seeks to reduce children’s vulnerability to assault by increasing awareness that children have human rights and by providing prevention strategies and resources which will help children keep these rights.
The mission of the International Center for Assault Prevention (ICAP) shall be to improve the quality of life for all children worldwide by reducing the level of interpersonal violence against them through the use of primary prevention education and specifically the use of the Child Assault Prevention® (CAP) program in their community.
The Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project originated in the late 1970’s, in Columbus, Ohio, as a response to the rape of a young child. Early in 1978, project staff of Women Against Rape (WAR) received a phone call from a teacher whose second grade student had been raped. The students in her class and parents of the school and the entire community were disturbed and frightened. At that time, few people discussed adult rape, let alone a sexual assault against a child. These families wondered how they could protect other children from abuse.
Offering emotional support and empowering prevention information, the staff at WAR responded by developing the original Child Assault Prevention (CAP) curriculum. A year later, funding from a Ms. Foundation Challenge Grant allowed the program to be piloted in schools throughout Columbus. As CAP’s successes caught on beyond the city of Columbus and the state of Ohio, the National Center for Assault Prevention (NCAP) was created as a CAP training center. Sally Cooper, a champion of women’s and children’s rights, became its first Director. Sally, with her dedicated staff, went on to establish CAP in 40 of the 80 counties of Ohio and trained projects throughout the USA and in several other countries, including Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Costa Rica, Grand Bahamas, Israel, and Ireland.
In 1985, then New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean funded CAP as the first primary prevention program to be implemented statewide in the schools of New Jersey. It was through a former educator, Pat Stanislaski, introduced CAP to New Jersey that CAP was introduced to state government As a result of her tenacity and the support of the Department of Human Services, New Jersey became the first state in the country to adopt CAP as its primary prevention program statewide. The NJ Department of Human Services provided funding for the New Jersey CAP (NJ CAP) project to be administered by the Educational Information & Resource Center (EIRC) located in CAP local offices were established in all 21 counties of the state. New Jersey CAP demonstrated how local community based CAP programs supported by statewide government can be tremendously effective. Because of its outstanding record of statewide governmental and community support, the NJ CAP project at EIRC, in 1991 was awarded the copyright of the CAP© program and asked to be the new site of the International CAP Center.
Since then the Center has trained and established projects in many new states and countries. Pat Stanislaski went on to establishing CAP projects across the country and in other nations. In 1994, under a George Soros grant, Pat worked with ten Eastern European countries to setup CAP projects across the region . In June, 2006 Cheryl Mojta and Jeannette Collins assumed the leadership of the ICAP and NJCAP projects. Both women have an extensive background with prevention education and had been with CAP for over 20 years working on classroom prevention and empowerment curricula, project protocol, policies and program fidelity among projects. In April 2017, the Camden County College in Blackwood, NJ became the new headquarters for ICAP. Some major accomplishments for ICAP History include:
- 1998 to present – CAP’s Bullying Prevention Program developed and modified which includes K through 8th grades
- Training and Project Setup of CAP Japan which has grown to be the largest CAP Regional Training Centers in the world with almost 2000 CAP facilitators in Northern and Southern Regional Training Centers.
- First Child Assault Prevention Center in Republic of Korea sponsored by Childfund Korea
- Cyber-Empowerment program developed in collaboration with students from the Education Department of Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ.
- New adult workshops on the prevention of sexual harassment, identifying sexualized children, boy’s victimization, trafficking and teens and animal abuse and it’s relationship to child abuse.
- New CAP Projects in Nova Scotia, Canada; Des Moines, Iowa; Stanford, Connecticut, Las Vegas, Nevada; Roseau, Dominica; Nantes, France and Brussels, Belgium.
Currently, ICAP has trained facilitators in 22 states and 16 countries and is considered to be one of the most innovative and comprehensive community-based prevention programs available. ICAP Member Projects.